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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 21 — Oct. 10, 2011
  • pp: 20799–20807

Ultrabroad NIR luminescence and energy transfer in Bi and Er/Bi co-doped germanate glasses

Mingying Peng, Na Zhang, Lothar Wondraczek, Jianrong Qiu, Zhongmin Yang, and Qinyuan Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 21, pp. 20799-20807 (2011)

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The effects of temperature, pump power and excitation wavelength on near-infrared photoluminescence from Bi-doped multi-component germanate glasses are presented. Compared to conventional silica/silicate matrices, the examined material exhibits superior resistance to thermal quenching and less pronounced excited state absorption for pumping at 808 nm. It is shown that by selecting the optimal excitation wavelength, photoemission can be initiated from multiple active centers in parallel, resulting in an emission bandwidth (full width at half maximum) of more than 370 nm. Er3+/Bi co-doping is presented as an effective means to significantly enhance emission intensity around 1.5 μm by suppressing the typical Er3+-related red-to-green upconversion. Besides its relevance for Bi-doped materials, this also indicates a new route towards improving the performance of Er-based optical devices. The mechanism of Er3+→Bi energy transfer is examined in detail. Adjusting the molar ratio between both species provides an effective tool for tuning the emission scheme and further increasing emission bandwidth.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials

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Original Manuscript: July 19, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2011
Published: October 4, 2011

Mingying Peng, Na Zhang, Lothar Wondraczek, Jianrong Qiu, Zhongmin Yang, and Qinyuan Zhang, "Ultrabroad NIR luminescence and energy transfer in Bi and Er/Bi co-doped germanate glasses," Opt. Express 19, 20799-20807 (2011)

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